Kite surfing is an extreme sport that combines many others such as wake boarding, windsurfing and paragliding. By utilizing their parachutes, kite surfers can speed across the ocean and launch high into the air. With a current world record speed of 55.65 knots it’s no secret that this sport is not for the faint of heart. And thanks to the help of a small, versatile and lightweight video camera we can experience it as well. Finally, those of us without the guts or skill to attempt these feats ourselves can get a taste of what these daredevils live for.
Today, we’ll give you a peak into the kite surfing community, with these amazing photos taken by the sport’s enthusiasts. They’re sure to give you a rush!
Some inventions are a stroke of genius that make you sit back and say “why didn’t I think of that?” or “wow, that is brilliant.” Many things we now take for granted recreated life as the people of their time knew it when they were introduced. They could communicate easily with loved ones far away, travel great distances efficiently, or simply make a quick hot meal without touching the stove. Other inventions, don’t elicit quite the same reaction. These are just a few of those strokes of “genius.”
Does the paranoid schizophrenic in your life have a birthday coming up? Help them avoid the government’s prying eyes with the privacy scarf! Tinfoil toboggan sold separately.
I’m not sure what he’s reading but I bet it’s about the government. And lizards, somehow.
There’s nothing like showing up to a cookout with your hamburger ALREADY cooked is there? Apparently inventor Roohollah Merrikhpour from Iran thought so. Just slap in a patty, attach it your car exhaust and head out! But are you supposed to circle the parking lot if you want it well done? Make mine easy ketchup, no smog please.
Japanese companies produce innumerable amounts of ingenious, extremely useful products every year. ‘Hydro-Tech’ has let us down on this particular offering though. They claim their shoes to be innovative, offering users more comfortable cool, and presumably for those that it is an issue, less sweaty feet. What’s the innovation? The shoes have holes in them. Yes, holes. Maybe it’s just me but I got rid of the last pair of shoes I had that got ‘innovative.’
For the man who has everything, and doesn’t spend quite enough time in the bathroom EZ Drinker brings you the product everyone’s been clamoring for: Toilet Golf! Now I’m not much of a golfer so I’m unsure of what the proper golf etiquette would be here. How do we determine who’s away? Is there a penalty for water damage? And for God’s sake, do not tell me what you use to mark your ball.
I don’t quite see the advantage to having a bunch of remotes plastered to your face, but apparently designer Rodd Miller did. Personally, I’ll stick to putting the remote next to me on the couch like a normal, sane person.
Valerie Paul and Audrey Unkle were more than just co-workers, they were best friends. So when Audrey was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer and began undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Valerie was there to support her friend at every step. As you know, a side effect of chemotherapy is hair loss and Audrey was no exception.
“She was very, very much about her hair,” Valerie said, sitting in the front room of her Rockledge home recently. “When she lost her hair, she showed me her head one time in the bathroom, and she said, ‘I’m so ugly now.’ And I said, ‘No. You don’t see what I see.’ “I thought she looked beautiful.”
Unfortunately, Audrey would lose her battle at the age of 56, but this would not be the end of the story. Valerie was an avid Barbie collector and thought giving little girls going through treatments a beautiful doll that resembled them would provide comfort. After meeting Wanda Schultz through an acquaintance the two teamed up.
A chance viewing of a young cancer patient on the Ellen show led to the two volunteering at a summer camp where they helped serve lunch to young cancer patients and passed out their special bald Barbies. The two knew that Barbies wouldn’t be appropriate for all young patients and branched out. They now make baby dolls and Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls. By their estimates, they’ve provided nearly 400 dolls for young cancer patients.
The dolls are very much appreciated by the patients who receive them. “I thought it was really cool,” Julie said, holding onto the doll, still safely encased in its original Collector Edition box. “Everybody thinks Barbies are so perfect and flawless. Seeing one with no hair makes you feel really good about yourself.”
They recently held a fundraiser to raise money for more supplies and brought in more than $1400. But regardless of how much they are able to bring in via donation, the labor of love is sure to continue. “It’s very much such a labor of passion and love, that really, it’s OK,” Valerie said. “I literally didn’t even realize until my dad came down to see me and said, ‘Do you know how much money you’ve spent?'”